The Islands

The Isles of Scilly offer a certain quality of life - simpler, kinder and more peaceful. A quality long lost to many other parts of the UK. And 2,200 people are lucky enough to call it home.

There are five inhabited islands and countless uninhabited ones to explore. Each island has its distinct characteristics. Scilly also boasts an incredible ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and rugged undeveloped coasts. Out at sea, there are incredible shipwrecks and amazing wildlife. 

Our heritage revolves around the sea - fishing for lobsters, crabs and crayfish and racing traditional pilot gigs. Flower farming also thrives here; Scilly's scented narcissi are renowned the world over.

The sea air, clean seas and mild weather also provide the additional secret ingredients to local fare - including lobster, tender island-reared beef, freshest vegetables and melt-in-the mouth ice-creams. Enjoy our cafes and restaurants; explore our local stores and farm stalls.

So come: submerge yourself in our way of life. Unwind in a natural playground and indulge in some island experiences. 

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Scilly Park & Ride

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.Read more »

Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.

Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is  a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

St. Mary's All year

A small homely hotel situated beside Newquay Airport. Easy access, to all of Cornwall’s amenities, three minutes from two beautiful beaches and the north coast, ten minutes from Newquay, fifteen minutes from Padstow, twenty minutes from the south coast and just ten minutes from the A30. Surrounded by many golf links and courses.Read more »

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Book a Bike

St. Mary's All year

Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.

We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Special offer

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. Pedal power for all the family. Bikes for all ages and sizes. Full repair and back up service. Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services offers all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

Crusader Island Boat Trips

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

With only 12 passengers you can be sure of a relaxed, personal and friendly service on the CRUSADER of St Marys. We offer daily direct trips to the other islands and scenic cruises around the most popular coastal hotspots to see the native wildlife of Seals and Seabirds. Enjoy the islands’ stunning landscape from the water or stop off on one of the islands to explore their individual beauty.Read more »

Bryher Boat Services

St. Mary's All year

Enjoy a special charter trip on the 'Falcon', an 11 metre Red Bay rib with twin engines and fully enclosed cabin to seat 12 passengers.Read more »

DJ Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Local, family run cab company operating around the islands for 5 years. Reliable, comfortable transport for short trips or late pick ups around St Mary's.Read more »

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

We are a friendly and reliable taxi service based on St. Mary’s, working seven days a week, including evenings and weekends.  We have two vehicles available for hire, one carrying four passengers and one carrying six passengers.  The larger vehicle has two integrated baby/booster seats so children can be transported safely and comfortably.  We are available for a quick taxi trip to get you from A to B, as well as more leisurely tours of the island.

We really look forward to being of service to you whilst you are on the islands.Read more »

Tresco Bike Hire

Tresco All year

Bikes are the primary form of transport on the island and are available to hire at the bike store, which is located next door to Tresco Stores & Deli at the Flying Boat. There are bikes to suit all age groups. Guests can pre-book for their stay by calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849.Read more »

Up on the Garrison

Dial-a-Doux Taxi

St. Mary's All year

Dial a Doux Taxi is available seven days a week from 8am until midnight, with two vehicles available to hire we are here to serve you better. Whether it's a point to point trip or guided scenic tours with commentary. Our two vehicles, one an eight seater and one with seating for four will convey you around St Mary's in a relaxed, comfortable and efficient manner..

When you need transportation on St Mary's give us a ring!Read more »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

St. Mary's All year

St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association caters for all your boating requirements, from direct trips to all of the islands or wildlife trips for Atlantic grey seals and the breeding seabirds including puffins. Nearly all of the trips run at 10.15 or 14.00 every day.Read more »

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St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Enjoy an informative tour and purchase some of our unique fine wines. We produce a selection of five wines at the vineyard - 3 whites, 1 rose and 1 red - all crisp, and all cultivated to mature in cooler maritime climates.  In total we produce approximately 2,000 bottles of wine each year. Our shop and visitor centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm). Read more »

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. Children and adults can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £8.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

Dial-a-Doux Taxi

St. Mary's All year

Your tour of St. Mary's will last approximately one hour, we endeavour to make your tour informative, interesting and humorous with various scenic stops for photographs. Read more »

The Pilot's Gig Restaurant

St. Mary's All year

Hayden and Laurie-Ann re-opened the Pilot's Gig Restaurant in 2013. Passionate about local produce they source their fish from the quay, just 50m away! Offering late openings, WIFI, and BYOB nights, this underground treasure is full of Scilly character.Read more »

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.Read more »

Island Properties

St. Mary's All year

We offer comprehensive knowledge of the property market on the Isles of Scilly and can give expert advice on all aspects of buying, selling and leasing.

Details of all our properties on offer can be seen either on display on the High Street opposite Lloyds Bank or in our window opposite Spero's, Porthmellon Beach.Read more »

Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Juliet's Garden is a well established, family run business which was created over 30 years ago on Seaways Farm, overlooking the harbour and seascape. Above Porthloo on St Mary's, its friendly atmosphere and fresh food have made it a great favourite with visitors and locals alike.Read more »

Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco All year

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. At the heart of the restaurant – and the menu – is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread.  It’s fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking.Read more »

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.   Read more »

Radio Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Listen to us on 107.9FM or online through www.radioscilly.com or www.scillytoday.com. Tune in for local events and news, accurate island weather and inter-island boat times every morning, just before 9.15am. The perfect way to prepare for your holiday on Scilly, or to reminisce once you get home.Read more »

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Bounty Ledge - view from the window

Bounty Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £395 - £910 per week

Bounty Ledge is a first floor maisonette which overlooks St Mary’s harbour, with views of Tresco, Bryher and Samson.  It is centrally located in Hugh Town, just 20 metres from Town beach,  and one minute from the shops. There are 3 bedrooms, providing family accommodation for up to 6 persons.  It is also very popular with couples who appreciate the spaciousness.Read more »

Penhallow

Penhallow

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | All year | £35 - £35 pppn

Welcome to Penhallow, a modern, spacious Scillonian home. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac 6 minutes from the Town centre.

Our en-suite rooms are light and comfortably furnished with flat screen televisions, toiletries and tea and coffee facilities.

We offer a choice of cooked breakfasts as well as lighter options using homemade and local ingredients as much as possible.Read more »

Special offer
Freesia Guesthouse

Freesia Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40 - £40 pppn

Freesia is a family-run, four-star, silver awarded guest house on the Isles of Scilly, situated in the centre of Hugh Town, within easy walking distance of the quay, shops, restaurants and beaches.

Located on the largest island of St Marys with easy access to all guided tours (wildlife, archaeology and maritime), cycle hire, bus tours and boat trips to all inhabited islands.Read more »

Special offer

Jasmine

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £500 - £695 per week

The cottage, 'Jasmine' is situated on the peaceful outskirts of Old Town and within a 2 minute walk of the stunning beach at Old Town bay. This fully furnished holiday home has a open plan kitchen living room area with stairs leading to a double bedroom twin room and bathroom. It sits in its own sheltered garden with patio table and chairs perfect for those al-fresco evenings.Read more »

Escallonia

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £500 - £1,420 per week

One king size and two twin bedrooms comfortably sleep six guests and the dormer sitting room makes the most of the dwelling’s elevated position. The large kitchen opens into a dining conservatory, which offers access to both front and rear gardens. A separate bathroom and shower room with wc complete the internal picture.Read more »

The Wheelhouse Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 9 Rooms | All year | £43 - £50 pppn

The Wheelhouse is a family–run beachside guest house with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, offering bed and breakfast accommodation. We are in the perfect location – seconds away from the sands of Porthcressa Beach, around the corner from places to dine, drink and shop, and a short 5 minute stroll from the quay where the tripper boats depart.Read more »

Bay Tree Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £650 - £1,400 per week

Bay Tree Cottage is a luxurious three bedroom detached cottage situated a mere two-minute walk away from the beautiful beach and cafes in the historic Old Town Bay.

Tastefully furnished throughout, the accommodation comprises three large bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities while the other enjoys its own adjacent bathroom, two reception rooms and a luxury dining kitchen.Read more »

Annet Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £33 - £47 pppn

A granite built cottage, Annet overlooks the sea at Porthloo about 15 minutes pleasant walk along the coast path (20 minutes by road) to Hugh Town. A long established 4 Star, Silver Award Bed and Breakfast renowned for our hospitality and fine breakfasts. All rooms en suite or private facilities. The perfect setting for your perfect holiday or short break.Read more »

Tean, Mount Flagon

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £400 - £650 per week

‘Tean’ is a spacious garden flat at Mount Flagon which sleeps 2 -4 and is registered with and graded Four Star Gold by Visit Britain. It is equipped to the highest standard to ensure that it becomes “your home from home”. Mount Flagon has an extensive garden for you to enjoy.Read more »

Bylet Holiday Homes Suite and Studio

Bylet Holiday Homes Suite and Studio

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £240 - £510 per week

Good quality, well equipped accommodation with sea views. All linen etc provided. Managed by resident proprietors.Read more »